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Forest Service Weighs Bitterroot Plan Appeal

January 09, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. Forest Service has not decided whether it will appeal a judge's ruling that halted a plan to log thousands of acres of burned timber in Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, the agency said.

The Forest Service maintains that its proposal for about 45,000 acres of Bitterroot would improve the health of the forest, 307,000 acres of which were scorched by wildfires in 2000.

Environmental groups argue that the project's approval is illegal because the Forest Service has violated its own appeals process.

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